Archive | July, 2013

Poe in New Idria

28 Jul

Poe in New Idria

Vulture’s drilling claw,
hands as filthy as sin.
Sharp cinnabar hills.
The mine. Just an ugly maw.

From icy air, entropy.
Treasure! Swigging Old
Rabbit Brandy, our hero
Rules souls with mercury.

The shafting hole dark as hell
Alone he toils in landscape
Pitiful but for
Some dank weed’s whiskey smell.

Earth yields strong as clay
Then a rumble he might be imagining.
‘Quake country, this.
Unaware, he prays

His mind has now a stillness
From within or from
Without. He can not tell for
Certain if his mouth’s fullness

Can be likened to
A shout. His wishes are for
Naught. This fire storms
With unjustly spiteful blue

Pulls entrails. Twists them tight.
The heat quicksilver,
Unbearable deep inside.
A grave gives such light.

Hands ,eyes, lashes, tongue, his name!
Shoulders, throat ,ribs, lungs, scrotum,
A conflagration.
Yet no movement seen, nor flame.

Death not desire
This fantastic heat proclaims
A standing phantom looks down
Ghost hands to admire.

Poe’s dead eyes see betrayal
Purgatory still! he cries.
His fate to dig unending
Eternity hates a liar.

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Obama Slips Into Afghanisan

28 Jul

Obama Slips Into Afghanistan

The details of the layout and floor plan of
Air Force One are secret. They do have fresh flowers on board.
Barack likes Daffodils and Alcatraz lilies. The housekeeping staff
also cleans the White House, so they know.
The mirrors have been polished.
He likes to check his hair
frequently. It grows fast and
it’s getting greyer. The ashtrays are Irish crystal.

Barrack kissed his wife and daughters and stepped onto the plane.
The plane landed at Agram Air Base.
GI s and Officers alike cheered wildly. There could have been
an air of arrogance, but none was present.
“The Afghan people are beautiful.” said a source
close to the White House
The language used by Obama and Karzai their private discussions was not disclosed.
It was civil, however. They did not swear at each other out loud.
Together they toured the palace at Kabul.
It remains heavily fortified.
Despite
that inconvenience it was well appointed.
Peonies and Poppies in vases were in almost every room.
Gilt mirrors without
the slightest patina of dust
were seen hanging.
“There is fear that Karzai could corrupt the English language.”
said a source close to the president.

After brunch they sat in satin
covered arm chairs on opposite sides of the room.
“Handsome and athletic.” said Karzai “No wonder the American people elected you!”
“You have what we call a solar sex panel, Mr. President.” said Obama.
More details of the conversation were not available by press

Another Unpublished Letter to the Editor

28 Jul

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TarMar Lar
11/18/07
To: letters@pinnaclenews.com
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Dear Editor,
John Coleman, a man who has delivered weather reports on TV since 1953, (mostly in San Diego), claims global warming is the biggest scam in history. I must disagree.
The biggest scam in history is the so-called “Round Earth” theory. Everyone can see that the Earth is flat! Any one who has ever been on a big boat in Monterey Bay can prove for them self that the earth is flat, just by looking at the way the ocean and the sky meet, then drop off with a sharp edge.
Ask any cartographer. Maps are flat. They can be folded and placed in the glove box of any late model SUV. Maps are not made by architects now, are they?
Those wacko- type scientists that brought us “pictures” of the Earth from “orbit”? Well those “pictures” are 2 dimensional! I’ve seen them on the TV.
By God, folks, think for yourselves and look around you? Do you reel and stumble as you walk down the aisles of Safeway? No! The floor is as flat as a pancake. The ground in my neighborhood is as flat as Kevin Cosner’s facial expressions. “Global warming” doesn’t exist, because the “Globe” itself is a scam.

Moly Heller

Zucchini Marmalade

28 Jul

Soak 5 oranges ,3 lbs of zucchini and 10 cups of sugar for 30 minutes in large pot ,in anticipation of the fact that once  you’ve soaked all for the recommended time, the sugar becomes scented with oranges,the zucchini pickle, and the sugar gets real heavy. You will then need to be boil, stir and skim for 60 minutes. Alone in a big house, the hours expand lightly and dust along the walls and up the staircase. The chunks in the zucchini marmalade seem over -large, even as the recipe called for coarsely ground.Decide to take the 6 or 7 minutes waiting for the rinse cycle doing jars to place the sugar mixture sans pectin in the vitamix. It’s easy.  Timing is everything. All you need is to be alone to write, and think. Everyone knows time slows down and speeds up at random

The color of the jelly is not what was expected . The first *POP* from the jars resting on rags spread across the kitchen island caused the canary to sing your favorite song. You must have put in the right kind of love! Outside,It’s actually getting dark already. Better ask some questions. The canary continues to sing. “What kind of bread for your jelly?” Flea market napkins on your lap on the front porch, did anyone follow directions and clean up all the cat hair there? Nope. It’s dusk; feel the April chill in the air?  A smarting breeze from the bay follows you around the yard.

Excuses need to be made. Sharp edges need to dull. It’s easy. Alone in this big house with everything the color of new grapes, a canary sings. Hot tea and toast with marmalade.

Sister Scorpion Breath

26 Jul

“Well, that’s what you always do! Up from behind your back and around your neck, a huge prick of a scorpion tail actually appears!”

The look on her face told me that it would come to blows before the night was over. Honestly not what I planned!

Spanish Night at Basement Ward, which took the entire quarterly budget, went off in the most comely cosmic way.  The Board looked appeased or pleased, hard to say. All the guests were just about gone when Buella and I met eye to eye for the first time since it got dark.

“All of our plans, month after dreary month, ass-reamed!” Couldn’t she hear the pleading in my voice? “Hey, you still have pancreatitis? ” I yelled, as I  picked up speed running down the peach carpeted corridor. I gave her a solid whollop in the solar plexus. She clocked me in the forehead with the Chianti bottle in her hand I failed to notice. I went down and took a little nap.

When I once again opened my eyes, it was sunny out and someone was smoking a cigarette. “Got a shiner, ass-wipe.” she said, with as little contempt as possible.
I pulled my rat -tail comb from under the bleach -scented sheet. Before I could shank her good she threw a pitcher of ice water in my face. I was out of bed and slamming her into the bathroom door. I heard it crack. I reached down and took off my shoe. I managed to nail her hand into the busted door with the spiked heel three times before her screams brought a nurse running.

The blood was still on the door three hours later when the Pitkin County sheriff showed up. I wasn’t asleep.I had to face the inevitable.I was depending on her, and she hurt me. Why was I so trusting, so loving? The deputy looked mildly board with my statement. I didn’t want her to get in trouble. I only wanted to hurt her the way she hurt me.

The little knock at the door woke me. “Mo! Maureen? are you awake fuck-stick? Say something!”

“Get in here, snatchface!” I whispered. She’d brought all the clothes I’d asked for ,and an expensive wig.  I grabbed her from behind and held the blade to her throat. I lifted her just off her feet and dragged her to the nurses station. “I’m jetting, you cunts! Just because she almost fucked up the most important party of my career, doesn’t mean I don’t love her! The Bardune Sisters stick together!”

She managed to choke out a respectable “yeah.”

Slow Drumming Under the Sycamores

8 Jul

If I was to come out and see you I would just show up. I’m like that. I’ve always been like that, even before 911, so fair warning. Now I may do this and I may, not. This old heart maybe can’t take it. I also have to tell you that. It was during that calamity with the nursing board that I found out I have valve issues. Dr. Fancy in Vanil and Kaiser have differing opinions. Chronically enlarged atria. Aortic Valve leakage. Small aortic aneurism, in a place that doesn’t explode often. Mitral valve prolapse has been agreed upon. Hole or two.where there should be none.
You can come and hang out with me. We could go to Monterey, Pacific Grove, Asilomar or Point Lobos. I once saw  bucks fighting in the surf at Asilomar. I haven’t told you that before, have I?
My offspring accuse me of telling a tale over and over. Let’s  believe some stories get better in the telling.

Trying to get Grunt to paint the barn red before he goes to Oregon.

My  first-born is a community fund-raiser/activist, which is what he’s always wanted to be.Permanently barred from posting on Daily Kos. Argumentative, angry and right, as in correct.In Boston, people don’t turn away as often if a street talker really has something to say

My daughter spends her days scavenging the central valley’s foreclosed  homes and ranches.It’s great to have a daughter. I have always felt sad for women with sons only. Sons tend to go where their wives want them to. As their own mothers age, they are not close by.

The wind is rustling the Sycamores so, it seems the season is about to change. Negatively charged ions of ozone make me feel on the cusp of having something reveled to me which I never even imagined could exist. Answers to questions never asked is how I imagine death. It ‘s a big surprise, and I just hope there is someone there to hold my hand.I do want to be surprised.

It is the only way I’ll go quietly,slow drumming be damned.

Charm City Imagined

3 Jul

Jesus drives a cab now.
He’ll race through Pigtown,
Knowing you’ve missed his silky -eyed gaze.
He grips the wheel tighter than calamity,
shoulders drooping like a Dad’s.
With dazzling thoughts he’ll speed past,
not recognizing you in that suit

Afternoon with sidewalks painted
gray as birch, shadows of gables
wary of colonial salt and birds,
Cant wait ’til full on dusk.
Parsimonious willows weep while
you walk along with a dozen
wily thoughts as companions.

Does the sky ever sleep?
Chocolate cut -outs are all that’s
left when you close your eyes.
Quarters where slaves swept.
Old as old bones,edges still sharp.
A horizon’s silhouetted
visibly near where you creep.
The inner harbor awake at 6am.
If you must go that far, go then.

Stay if you will, weaving harshly in
and out of my gallant or misguided
dreams. The city will embrace your
stenciled heart no matter how wild.
So sneer at the sky with your teeth,
and snap your fingers for joy.